• Nigerian militants determined to escalate IED attacks in Niger Delta pose severe risk of damage to oil refineries

    EVENT The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility on 19 May for an improvised explosive device (IED) attack the previous day on the pipeline terminating at the Refinery Jetty in Okrika, Port Harcourt. The Refinery Jetty belongs to the state agency, the Nigeria

  • IDD, Black Pearl Capital sign MoU

    Jordanian vehicle engineering company Industrial Design and Development (IDD) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with asset management firm Black Pearl Capital (BPC), the companies announced on 19 May. The MoU covers collaboration in the oil and gas equipment manufacturing and defence

  • Philippines completes procurement pre-negotiations for Israeli radars

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has completed pre-negotiations with Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) to acquire three surveillance radars in a deal worth PHP2.6 billion (USD57 million). "Hopefully within May we can finish formal negotiations because we are really putting

  • UPDATE: Paramount and KADDB establish another defence joint venture

    South African land systems specialist Paramount has signed another agreement to create a joint venture (JV) company in Jordan with the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB), it was announced on 6 May. The creation of the new company - Arabian Defence Industries - was announced at

  • Message of moderation

    His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein is justly proud of the growth of SOFEX over the past two decades and the contribution of his country and the Jordanian Armed Forces to its continuing success. “SOFEX is especially important for Jordan and the countries of the world as one of the

  • Stallion II rides in

    The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) (Hall 5) has unveiled its latest Stallion II light armoured vehicle (LAV). Stallion II features an all monocoque welded steel hull, with the protected engine compartment at the front and the crew compartment at the rear. This version has a

  • KADDB and Paramount join forces

    Today at SOFEX the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau Investment Group (KIG) and Paramount Group of South Africa are announcing a strategic joint venture that will see the production of proven defence technologies in Jordan. Known as Arabian Defence Industries (ADI), the joint venture

  • MESOC: the commanders’ view

    As a prelude to the opening of SOFEX, distinguished guests and special operations commanders from many nations gathered yesterday for the 7th Middle East Special Operations Commanders (MESOC) conference. Under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II and attended by His Royal Highness Prince

  • Strengthening international relationships

    Since the idea for a Special Operations Forces conference and exhibition was first put forward by His Majesty King Abdullah II, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, in 1996, SOFEX has developed into the largest specialist event of its kind and this year celebrates its 10th staging in Jordan.

  • MD Tabbah: ‘SOFEX is meeting point’

    The 10th Session of SOFEX 2014 is the largest ever and indicates the distinction of SOFEX and its evolvement two decades after its launch. Companies that participated in the previous events continue to exhibit, which in turn has attracted other companies. To accommodate the increase in the number

  • Jordan’s gunship uncovered

    Making its debut at SOFEX is the AC-235 light gunship, developed by ATK of the US in partnership with the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). The two AC-235s for Jordan’s Special Operations Command aviation component (5th Prince Hashim Royal Aviation Brigade) were

  • Boeing flies production-standard AH-6i

    Last week, Boeing flew the AH-6i light attack/armed scout helicopter for the first time in production-standard configuration. Developed from the AH-6M used by US Special Operations Command, the aircraft is based on the proven MD 500/530 airframe and incorporates systems from the company’s

  • Oman to spend more

    A Bank of Muscat report says Oman’s 2014 defence budget will increase by 4.1 per cent to OMR3.7 billion ($9.6 billion). Most of the extra funding is expected to cover major arms deals, including the acquisition of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets (12), Airbus C295M transport aircraft (8), and

  • Call for co-ordinated anti-missile defence

    US deputy assistant secretary of space and defence, Frank Rose, said at a conference in Abu Dhabi on missiles and defence that Iran’s continued development of ballistic missile capabilities has made the development of a co-ordinated missile defence system for the Gulf Co-operation Council

  • Countering attack with diversity

    Canada’s Ultra Electronics, TCS (Hall 1, Stand C111) has launched the UltraHop ECCM waveform. This fast frequency hopping (1,000 hops per second), full band and high throughput (16Mbps) waveform is compatible with the GRC-245C and X500-G tri-channel radio systems, said to be the only

  • Ready for the battlefield

    The combat proven twin-engined Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan medium tactical transport aircraft is claimed by the firm to fly faster and higher, carry more cargo and be able to operate from smaller airfields compared with its direct competitors, and is also cheaper to operate. With these solid

  • Promise of greater capability

    In Afghanistan, BAE Systems’ M777 lightweight towed howitzer, developed out of a joint US Marine Corps and Army programme, was used very effectively for both point and area defence by US and Canadian forces. In the former role it was used to fire the Excalibur round, co-developed by BAE

  • A recommended combination

    UK engineering firm C2UK (Hall 1, Stand A134) and Lockheed Martin (Hall 1, Stand C101) are demonstrating that the combination of the C-LITE Gen3 tactical mission system and Gyrocam sensor system – two sophisticated vehicle-mounted systems here shown on a Polaris MV850 all-terrain vehicle

  • Ease of use with precision

    Two new pistols are featured by Ceska zbrojovka (better known as CZ) on Stand A117 in Hall 1. The CZ P-07 (right) and P-09 models have been developed following consultation with many armed forces around the world. Both have much in common in terms of materials used, but one is compact while the

  • A step beyond

    UK-based simulation, training and consultancy NSC (Stand A141) is providing the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior with a virtual environment in which the crews of its Desert Chameleon armoured personnel carriers can familiarise themselves with aspects of the vehicles’ Remote Multipurpose Turret